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Rebuilding NYC

Memorial Plaza Plan


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This concept plan creates an 8-acre plaza west of an extended Greenwich Street, with sites for memorials and buildings for museum/cultural uses. Fulton and Cortlandt streets are extended to Greenwich Street, and Fulton becomes a pedestrian path through the open space to connect to the World Financial Center. West Street express traffic is submerged in a tunnel, and local traffic is carried on a reduced surface boulevard, to allow the open space and memorial or cultural facilities to expand to the west. A tall, freestanding mixed-use tower is located on the northwest corner of the site, which could have an antenna or sculptural top that marks the skyline. This tower would terminate a promenade linking the site to Battery Park, and via ferry, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.

Principal Features of this Concept Plan:

  • 8-acre plaza with a memorial/cultural building on the western edge
  • 13.1 total acres of new public space, including parks, streets, and sidewalks
  • Greenwich Street extended through site, Fulton and Cortlandt Streets extended partially through site
  • 100 feet of West Street reclaimed at grade for open space and museum facility
  • West Street tunnel from Battery Park to Vesey Street (local surface traffic)
  • 5 towers (1 at 79 stories, 2 at 67 stories, and 2 at 62 stories)
  • Potential residential development south of Liberty Street
  • Promenade to Battery Park, and via ferry, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty



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